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    Black Arcs of the Blues: An Extra-literary Exhibit

    by Johlene Hess, co-editor

    Carrier Library will be hosting an exhibit of photographs by the poet Eugene B. Redmond in its lobby from August 25 through October 8, 2004.  The exhibit, entitled Black Arcs of the Blues: An Extra-Literary Exhibit, focuses on Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez (shown above, left to right), two of the most dynamic and well-known poets in African American literature.  Redmond's photographs highlight the poets in action--reading their works and interacting with groups of people.  Other nationally known creative writers and cultural workers are included in the exhibit as well, including Maya Angelou, Angela Davis, Haki Madhubuti, Toni Morrison, Quincy Troupe and Margaret Walker-Alexander.  All these images are from Eugene B. Redmond's extensive photographic collection.

    Baraka and Sanchez will read at the Furious Flower Poetry Conference, to be held at James Madison University September 22-25, 2004.  The Furious Flower Poetry Conference will examine the significance and development of black poetic expression over the last century and explore the directions that African American poetry will take in the next 25 years.  Poets expected to attend include:  Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez and Eugene Redmond.  For a schedule of poetry readings and other conference events, please visit the Furious Flower Poetry Conference website.

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